Nuno Côrte-Real

composer & conductor

Nuno Côrte-Real has come to be seen as one of the most important Portuguese composers currently active.  Amongst his significant premières are 7 Dances to the death of the harpist in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Pequenas músicas de mar in the Purcell Room in London, Concerto Vedras at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in New York, Novíssimo Cancioneiro at the Siglufirdi Festival in Rejkiavik and Andarilhos - música de bailado at Casa da Música in Oporto. The ensembles which have performed his music include the Remix Ensemble, Royal Scottish Academy Brass, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, Orchestrutopica, and solists and conductors such as Lawrence Renes, Julia Jones, Stefan Asbury, Ilan Volkov, Kaasper de Roo, Cristoph Konig, David Alan Miller, Paul Crossley, John Wallace, Mats Lidström and Cesário Costa.

Recordings of his music include Portuguese traditional songs on the Portugal Som and Numérica labels, Pequenas Músicas de Mar on Deux-Elles, the ballet Andarilhos on Numérica in coproduction with the Casa da Música, and Largo Intimíssimo on the Austrian label Classic Concert Records. In October 2012 Numérica released the CD VOLUPIA, interily dedicated to works of Nuno Côrte-Real.

In the field of opera and theatre, Côrte-Real has worked with Michael Hampe, André Teodósio, Maria Emília Correia, Paulo Matos, Margarida Bettencourt and others.  In June and September 2007 his chamber operas A Montanha and O Rapaz de Bronze were given, with great success, at the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Casa da Música, respectively.  In March 2011 the opera Banksters was premièred at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, to a libretto by Vasco Graça Moura and with staging by João Botelho, a production which was uniquely successful in the recent history of Portuguese contemporary music.

As a conductor, Nuno Côrte-Real has directed the Algarve Orchestra, Orchestra of the North (Portugal), the I Maestri Symphony Orchestra (London), the Metropolitan Academic Orchestra (Portugal), the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra (Portugal), Orchestrutopica (Porttugal), the Ensemble Darcos (Portugal), and the Camerata du Rhône (Lyon).  He is the founder and artistic director of the Ensemble Darcos, a chamber group dedicated to the performance of his own music and that of the great European repertoire, and he artistic director of the Temporada Darcos, a series of symphonic and chamber concerts which take place at the Teatro-Cine in Torres Vedras, Portugal. Features regularly in several music festivals like Sintra and Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festivals, and conducting great soloists such as Artur Pizarro,  Alexey Sychev, Giulio Plotino, Filipe Quaresma, Pedro Saglimbeni Muñoz or Filipe Pinto Ribeiro.

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